Performing Arts Unit

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Helina Hookoomsing Officer in Charge
Joann Permall Lecturer

Most recent publications:

The Performing Arts Unit is pleased to share two recent publications written by Helina Hookoomsing and Dr Shameem Oozeerally (of the French Department, MIE). Both publications form part of an on-going research project funded by the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

The first article is entitled ‘Integrating altero-reflexivity in the teaching of Shakespearean sonnets in Mauritius’ and appears in Volume 25, Issue 1 of Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, published by Routledge. Below is a web-link to the abstract online should individuals wish to contact us for full access:

The second article is entitled ‘The course of digital technology never did run smooth: Appreciation of Shakespeare through the use of social media and YouTube’ and appears in Volume 10, Number 1 of the Journal of Education, published by the Mauritius Institute of Education.

Performing Arts YouTube materials:

You can access Performing Arts contents on the MIE Hub (MIE YouTube Channel) by following the link below:

TDPHE 2018-2020 National Drama Festival 2019

The Performing Arts Unit is proud to announce that groups Turquoise and Scarlet of the Teacher’s Diploma Primary Holistic Education (TDPHE) cohort 2018-2020 were national prize winners for the National Drama Festival, 2019.Their performance was directed and supported by Ms J Permall and the group went on to win four prizes in the following categories:

Special Jury Award

2nd Best Play

Best Local Writer in Creole Language

2nd Best Director

2019 Winner of the 2nd Edition of the Prix Poésie Edouard Maunick

The Performing Arts Unit is proud to announce that Helina Hookoomsing, Officer in Charge, and poetry writer and performer, was the national prize winner for the Edouard Maunick Poetry Prize 2019.

The poem can be read in the PDF below and local newspaper articles on the event can be read and watched on the following links:


Global Storybooks translations in Kreol Morisien – Open Educational Resources

The Performing Arts Unit in collaboration with Dr S Oozeerally of the MIE French Department are pleased to share that the Global Storybooks (University of British Columbia, Canada) Mauritius page is now online and features 40 African stories translated in Kreol Morisien . These Open Educational Resources can be accessed on the following link below:

You may visit this page to learn more about the Global Storybooks digital literacy project:

The translated stories are part of an ongoing research project funded by the MIE and show how research is being fed into courses as well as curriculum. The students of B.Ed French FT (TP) have participated in the translation of the stories. They showed enthusiasm and dedication and now they are officially acknowledged in the acknowledgement page of the site

The research team members are Dr Shameem Oozeerally as Principal Investigator,  Helina Hookoomsing, Armen Kassabian, who brought the idea forward, and Professor Bonny Norton from the University of British Columbia. Part of the research is based on the investment of the trilingual material in the curriculum context, and it potentially has applications across a range of levels, from pre-primary to primary, secondary and extended stream.